The 2020-21 season has gone really, really well for Stewart Cink so far. He had another big tournament at the Sanderson Farms this week.
Up until a few weeks ago, the name Stewart Cink was mostly an afterthought on the PGA Tour. However, Cink has had a nice run on the tour lately, including a fantastic finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday.
Cink was not a player that many thought about because, until three weeks ago, he had not won on tour in 11 years. And while that win was a big one, the Open Championship at Turnberry, where he defeated Tom Watson in a playoff, Cink had not done much since then.
More from Golf News
- Golf Rumors: LIV set to sign Masters Champion in stunning deal
- Brutal return leaves Will Zalatoris looking towards 2024
- Stars You Know at World Champions Cup Starts Thursday at Concession
- 2023 Hero World Challenge Predictions: The Return Of Tiger Woods?
- RSM Classic Brings the controversial 2023 PGA Tour Season to a close
But when talking about players who have had great starts to the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, one cannot leave out what Cink has done. It’s been a stellar start for the 47-year-old Georgia Tech alum.
Three weeks ago, for those who have forgotten, Cink won at the Safeway Open, claiming his seventh PGA Tour title, but first since 2009. Then this week, playing in just his second event of the season, Cink proved that his play at the Safeway was not a fluke.
The week started with a solid round of 69 on Thursday. Cink followed that with another 69 on Friday, and he was 6-under par through 36 holes. That left him seven shots behind Keegan Bradley halfway through the event.
On Saturday, Cink was unable to make any sort of move. He shot an even-par round of 72 and he was eight shots behind the leaders with 18 holes to play.
But on Sunday, Cink found his game. On the front nine, Cink had birdies at the second, fourth, sixth and eighth holes. He made a bogey at the seventh, his only blemish of the day, and he shot a 3-under par 33.
On the back nine, Cink started hot, with birdies on the par-3 10th hole and the par-5 11th. He would then par the 12th, 13th and 14th holes to stay at 5-under par on his round.
Cink’s day got even better when he birdied the 15th and 16th holes. That left him at 7-under on his round and saw him rise into the top five on the Sunday leaderboard.
The round ended with a pair of pars, giving Cink a round of 7-under par 65. That enabled him to climb more than 20 spots on the leaderboard. He ultimately finished in a tie for 12th and rose from third in the FedEx Cup points standings to second.
For Cink, it has been an amazing start to the 2020-21 season. No matter what happens the rest of the way, this season has already been a success for someone who was an afterthought for most less than a month ago.